What is the Teach Act?

While the American with Disabilities Act mandates equal access, most universities, publishers and software businesses do not make their materials in an accessible format. The burden of identifying and fixing access barriers falls to the students, not the institutions. The Technology Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act or TEACH Act will help institutions indentify those areas that need to be made more accessible to students, force vendors and schools to comply with federal standards, and help students have equal access to course material. This bill was introduced by Rep. Thomas E. Petri to the House on November 15, 2013. It has not yet become law. The primary purpose of this bill is to begin the development of accessibility guidelines for digital instructional materials and related technologies.